The term “improperly configured” is a real plague on the IT landscape.

It can refer to a firewall protecting an enterprise; it can creating problems on web sites. For one newly minted smartphone company, it can also look pretty embarrassing.

Essential phone recently sent out an email to customers asking for proof of identity. This request was a little odd in the first place--who does that anymore? The email basically asked customers to send a picture of a photo identification of passport by email. From a security standpoint, that’s a bit like asking people to text your credit card number to a hacker.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here